A new organization in Middle Georgia gives pet owners a low-cost option for getting their animals spayed or neutered.
Saving Animals From Euthanasia, a nonprofit known as SAFE, provides reduced-cost spaying and neutering for dogs and cats in the midstate and beyond. Operating from a recreational vehicle, SAFE has the ability to go to various locations in its goal of helping control the population.
Susan Helton, SAFE’s president who has been involved with animal rescue organizations for 30 years, said she helped start the organization because of the high number of animals that end up in the Bibb County Animal Welfare shelter.
“Look at the volume coming into the shelter,” she said, noting the more than 5,000 euthanizations from the Bibb County shelter in 2011. “The only way to stop it is spaying and neutering. The whole purpose of this is to offer a program to people who can’t afford to have their animals (altered). There’s a lot of people who would like to have it done but can’t afford it.”